DJ Vadim & Jman ft. Lasai: Heart Attack

A strong start to the upcoming album from DJ Vadim and Jman, as they offer up the first single from the project. Heart Attack is a frantic reggae fuelled banger, with the ever-versatile Jman delivering a particularly blistering flow. The track also features Lasai, plus another great animated video from Monsta Animation. Likkle More is released in full on 4 June, with pre-orders available now.

DJ Vadim ft. Big Red, Jman, Sr. Wilson: Corrupted

Last year we were treated to the third instalment of DJ Vadim’s Dubcatcher series, featuring a heavy dose of reggae flavours, including this track, Corrupted. The track features Big Red, Jman and Sr. Wilson, with some tight horn driven production courtesy of Vad and trumpet player, Andy Grimshaw. Stay tuned for more music from Vadim and Jman coming soon. Dubcatcher 3 is available now via Bandcamp.

Children Of Zeus: Travel Light (Stream)

It’s Friday, the sun is shining, Trump is getting the British welcome he deserves and we can finally indulge ourselves in the debut album from Children of Zeus. It has been a very long time coming and any regular visitors to my blog will know the work that the Manchester duo have put in over the years to get to this point. Weighing in at 13 tracks, Travel Light is everything I was anticipating. The MCR family vibe is as strong as ever, with guest spots from LayFullStop, [KSR], Metrodome and DRS, plus further production credits from Juga-Naut, Sebb Bash and Beat Butcha. Their trademark hip hop-soul sound is the most prevalent on the album, but there are elements of reggae and jazz at work too, making Travel Light a highly ambitious album, but one that works incredibly well. You can stream it in full below, with downloads and physicals available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Children Of Zeus: Travel Light (Stream)”

An Ode to Brand New Second Hand

I have been reminding myself of the abundance of good tracks that are on Brand New Second Hand. It was one of the first UK hip hop albums I was obsessed with, after an ex bought it for me back in 2000. Before that I was pretty much only listening to US stuff, but that album changed a lot for me. Roots Manuva put me onto Skitz, who reintroduced me to Rodney Pā€™s music ā€“ having rinsed London Posse for a while a few years earlier ā€“ then from there I got into Low Life and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. Continue reading “An Ode to Brand New Second Hand”

Budgie: Panty Soakers 4

Love is in the air today and what better soundtrack to celebrate this special day with your nearest & dearest, than Budgie’s latest release, Panty Soakers 4. The LA-based producer has created 12 tracks of instrumental delight, with a heavy reggae-lover’s rock flavour running throughout. You can stream it below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Budgie: Panty Soakers 4”

Mungo’s Hi Fi X Eva Lazarus: Amsterdam

The collaboration between Eva Lazarus and Mungo’s Hi Fi has given three great tracks, including this little number about the freedom that can be discovered after a break-up. Eva and and the donny ABOVEGROUND headed to Amsterdam to give the video extra credence and the result is this visual treat. The Amsterdam EP is available now from iTunes.

The Mouse Outfit ft. Fox, Sparkz, Jman & T-Man: 007

A new video for one of the more infectious tracks from the latest album by The Mouse Outfit. Featuring no less than Fox, Sparkz, Jman and T-Man, as well as a lovely reggae/ska vibe to the whole thing, 007 is one of my favourites so far from the Manchester collective. The lyric video was made by Stemfour.

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London

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Got a great Kickstarter project here that Disorda put me onto. I’m a big reggae fan and a massive bookworm, so this is the perfect union for me. A gent by the name of Alex Bartsch has come up with the great idea of retracing the London locations used in various British reggae releases between 1967 and 1987 (as above). Continue reading “Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London”

Telemachus ft. Jah Mirikle “The Light”

Telemachus literally just dropped a new video for the B-Side to his previous smasher, “The Sheltering Sky”. This time round we’re on a different vibe, thanks to the vocal talents of Jah Mirikle as he laces another drum fuelled beat from the man formerly known as Chemo. Big video too, thanks to the use of footage from Babylon, that landmark British film from the 80’s.